Don't Over-complicate it
Many people wear amber jewelry because it is beautiful. But some wear amber for the health benefits, made possible by the succinic acid it contains. It is vital that your amber is real, so that you or your child can see the results from the healing properties it contains.
Some people get caught up in ALL the at home testing and they over-complicate things. Most of the authenticity tests you will find online should be done by an amber expert, plus a lot of the results are left to interpretation (like the smell test). Plus some of the tests will ruin your jewelry (like the burn test). Stop over-complicating it, and use these tests.
The Visual Test
The visual test is one of the simplest and quickest tests you can do, and a lot of amber experts agree that it’s the only test that needs to be done.
Get out your reading glasses and look closely. Super close. Real amber beads are unique in its appearance. Look for imperfections like small air bubbles, tiny cracks, pivots, indentations, lines, debris, etc. Each amber bead is as unique as a snowflake. If your piece is polished or black, the imperfections are a little harder to see, but hold it up to a light and look closely. If your amber has these imperfect qualities, then it is more than likely real. It would cost someone a lot of money to create all these imperfections in the beads, just as much or more as it would be to get the real deal.
The Salt Water Test
IMPORTANT NOTE: If your jewelry contains any other stone, quartz, pearls, etc., these dense materials will sink, so it will pull your jewelry down to the bottom with it. This test will not work. Remember though, the visual test really is enough to put your mind at ease. If your piece does not contain extra stones, you can try the following.
Take 3 tablespoons of salt and stir it into 8 oz of warm water until dissolved. Place your amber into the bowl, and it will float towards the top. The side with the clasp will try dragging the piece down a little. This is normal because the clasp weighs more than amber.
Keep it simple, trust your eyes, and if in doubt, ask to see a copy of the amber authenticity report from the company you are buying from. This report will be for their amber in general, not for each individual piece. To get each amber jewelry piece certified (like you get with a certified diamond) would at minimum quadruple the price of jewelry for the customer. This is why each piece does not have its own certificate number.
Lastly, purchase from a reputable company. An established company will not jeopardize their entire business by selling fakes. And do not always believe product reviews. If you have read some negative reviews by past customers, a lot can go wrong with the test they performed, and your decision to buy should not be made solely on a customer’s opinion.
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There is not a specific month for your baby's teeth to make their grand entrance. Teething usually occurs between 3 and 12 months old. Let's face it, that's a wide range, and parents can be kept guessing... is my baby teething? It can be really hard to tell, especially with babies who suffer from colic, or are generally more fussy. While some babies experience teething pain for months, others have virtually no symptoms. Think your baby may be teething? Check for these signs.
Teething stimulates drooling. If you notice regular drooling amounts suddenly turning into a pouring faucet, this is a big sign teething has begun. Throw on a bib to keep your baby dry and more comfortable (some babies go through several bibs a day). You should wipe your baby's chin gently throughout the day to help prevent rashes.
During teething, it is normal that babies try to put everything in their mouths. This acts as a reliever for the pain. Try a teething ring or chewy toy. A lot of parents love ones that you can put in the fridge. The cold ring can help reduce swollen gums. Some babies do not like the feel of the cold ring in their hands, so don't buy a ton of them until you get to know your baby's preference.
3) Rashes Around The Mouth And Chin
If your baby is drooling, this may lead to redness, chapping, chafing, and rashes around his mouth and chin. When the drooling is severe, you may also find these on his neck. The best thing you can do here is to pat it away to prevent neck rash. You can also try to use a nursing cream to create a moisture barrier.
While it varies from baby to baby, some babies tend to cry a lot more during this stage. After all, they are in pain, and that is their natural reaction. A lot of parents agree that the first teeth coming in tend to hurt the most. So, if your baby is getting his first tooth and he is crying a lot, this doesn't necessarily mean that it will happen with all his teeth.
Since your baby may be drooling more than usual, he may not be able to handle all the saliva in his mouth. This can lead to coughing.
6) Refusing To Eat
It's normal that babies refuse to eat when they are teething, even if they are already eating solid foods. The truth is that solid foods, bottle or even breast, can make them feel worse. So, they will tend to cry not only because of their gums hurt but also because they are hungry.
Irritability is normal. The little tooth that is about to appear is pressing your baby's gums and can put your little one in a grumpy mood.This affects some babies for just a couple of hours, but others can be irritated for days or even weeks until the tooth pushes through.
8) Cheek Rubbing And Ear Pulling
When your baby is teething, you may notice that he is rubbing his cheek or pulling his ear. This is normal since the cheek, ear, and gums share the same nerves. This is a natural reaction, and your baby is just trying to get some relief from the pain.
If your baby is like most, then fussiness, crying and irritability is at the top of the symptom list. This makes for long days and nights for both babies and parents. Consider trying the natural route and use an amber teething necklace. Keep in mind it is not a guarantee to work, as everyone absorbs the natural succinic acid from the amber differently in their bodies. However, the success rate is really high and is definitely worth the try!
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Is Amber Guaranteed to Work for Everyone?
No, and beware of companies that claim that amber works for everyone, 100% of the time. Think about it. There are a multitude of over the counter and prescription pain relievers. Why? Because not everyone reacts the same way to every medicine. This is true whether you use natural or synthetic methods. My friend Joey and his wife are both allergic to pollen. Every morning, he wakes up and takes two antihistamine pills, and it works great for him. Antihistamine makes his wife want to crawl back in bed and her head feel like its a floating balloon.
Given the fact that every human body is different, claiming the succinic acid (the substance found in amber to provide pain relief) will work for everyone is not responsible advertising. More often than not though, it does work. We do get emails from time to time stating that it did not work for them or their child. In this case, I make sure they have tried it for at least two weeks. If so, I ask if they want to hold onto it and try it again. If the answer is no, then a full refund is given without any issues. Customer satisfaction is always guaranteed.
Should you Try Amber, Knowing it is not Guaranteed to Work?
I tell customers that if it does not work for them or their child, bravo for at least trying a safe and natural method. And in the very least, they still end up with an adorable accessory at an affordable price. For babies, if it does not help at 6 mo, it does not mean it will not help at 12 mo. So it is always good to hold onto it and try at different teething stages.
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You're Not Alone Momma
Drooling, gnawing, crying, irritability... teething can be the worst! It certainly is exciting when our little ones get their first tooth, but let's be real, sometimes the symptoms can make you feel like you're losing your mind. One mom wrote me an email and said, "HELP! I can't believe I was ever excited for Micah to get his first tooth. Neither of us have slept for two days. The struggle is real"! Yes momma, yes it is.
Oral Teething Gel Recall
When my first two children were babies, grabbing the oral gel was the most popular go to for teething relief. But then the recalls from the FDA started rolling in. You can read the full article from the FDA website HERE. The last several years have also seen a big shift in parents committing to raising their children as chemical free as possible. The combination of these two things have increased the popularity of using amber as a natural teething remedy.
Amber Used for 1000's of Years
In the United States, we think of the use of amber as alternative treatment, but it is used in normal medical practices in many parts of the world still today. Amber has stood the test of time and is noted in countless historical documents as a natural healer. The father of medicine himself, Hippocrates (460-377 BC) wrote a lot about the different medical uses for amber. These applications have been passed across civilizations and down through generations.
Why does Amber have the Power to Heal?
Amber contains a property called, succinic acid. Robert Koch, Nobel Prize winner and pioneer of bacteriology, spent years studying succinic acid, proving it to enhance immunity, relieve pain, and reduce inflammation. Succinic acid is nothing new in the pharmacological world. It is an ingredient found in many over the counter and prescription medications. Read more on the science of succinic acid from the U.S. National Library of Medicine HERE.
Using Amber Necklaces for Teething Relief
When worn against the skin, small amounts of succinic acid are absorbed into the blood stream. For babies, amber can relieve teething pain, reduce swollen gums, and sometimes even reduce drooling. Some moms prefer bracelets or anklets, and that works too. Some moms report that necklaces work better, and some report they work equally. We would love to hear what works best for your little one!
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Hello! My husband Matthew and I own Lolly Llama. One of my favorite things is being able to create and design products for your family. The purpose of this blog is to write about the topics my customers ask me most! Contact me to ask your question. The answer to your question may be my next blog post!